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How to enable and disable panning hand in Outlook?

When viewing a PDF file, we can drag the page to any direction you want. However, when viewing messages in Outlook, we are only able to move the pages with scrolling the middle mouse button or scroll bar. Actually, there is a similar feature in Outlook, Panning Hand, which can realize dragging pages. In this article I will share ways about enabling and disabling panning hand in Microsoft Outlook.

Enable panning hand in Outlook

Disable panning hand in Outlook

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arrow blue right bubbleEnable panning hand in Outlook

The Panning Hand feature does not show in the Ribbon of Microsoft Outlook 2013, 2010 and 2007, so that we have to show the Panning Hand button out before enabling it.

Step 1: Open an email message that you want to read with panning hand.

Step 2: Click the Arrow > More Commands in the Quick Access Toolbar. See screen shot below:

Step 3: In the popping up Outlook Options dialog box,

(1) Click the Choose commands from box, and select the All Commands from the drop down list;

(2) Click to highlight the Panning Hand in the command list;

(3) Click the Add button;

(4) Click the OK button.

Step 4: Then you will see the Panning Hand button  is added into the Quick Access Toolbar. To enable the panning hand, just click this button.

Note: If you have enabled the Panning Hand when viewing messages, the cursor would become a hand.

arrow blue right bubbleDisable panning hand in Outlook

There are two methods to disable the Panning Hand in Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013.

The first method to disable the Panning Hand is with pressing the ESC key on the keyboard.

The second method to disable the Panning Hand is to click the Panning Hand button in the Quick Access Toolbar in Outlook again.


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    Deep · 3 years ago
    Awesome response. Using the ESC key helped me solve my problem.